PCG patrol vessel arrests fishermen for alleged dynamite fishing

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The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)’s Parola-class patrol vessel BRP Tubbataha (MRRV-4401) has arrested eight fishermen for allegedly engaging in dynamite fishing in the vicinity waters off Manila Bay on June 18, 2020.

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BRP Tubbataha was conducting seaborne patrol when the arrest was made, PCG said.

PCG said that materials used in dynamite fishing such as two gallons of gasoline, two gallons of water, 30-meter compressor hose, and one compressor engine with tank were recovered from the fishermen’s mortorbanca M/B Leiwyn.

“The fishermen identified as 43-year-old Robert Pais, 42-year-old Clarito Roque, 39-year old Felix Roque, 31-year-old Armando Tapoil, 30-year-old Ian Morano, 29-year-old Chris Bulamad, 27-year-old Ariel Tabion, and 21-year-old JC Matiacia were all residents of Rosario, Cavite,” PCG said.

PCG added that the fishermen were immediately turn-over to Coast Guard Sub-Station in Rosario for further investigation and filing of appropriate charges.

“As a maritime law enforcement body, the PCG ensures that fishermen who violate Republic Act No. 10654 or The Fisheries Code of the Philippines shall immediately face the consequences of their illegal actions,” PCG said.